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How to Make Grilled Cheese (Better!)

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Warm, melted cheese between slices of golden-brown, buttered bread is one of life's simple pleasures. But does it always have to be SO simple? Read on for a few ways to change up your next grilled cheese and maybe, just maybe, improve on perfection.

Make a dipping sauce
We like a sweet-savory mixture like 3 Tablespoons of apricot jam mixed with a tablespoon of Dijon mustard.

Use cheese on the outside
Finely grate a hard cheese, like Parmesan or Pecorino-Romano, then lightly oil your bread and press it into the grated cheese. Cook over medium heat – the outside will get nice and brown and have a crisp, cheesy coating.

Add kick (or crunch!)
Pepper jelly or spicy, grainy mustard are both great complements to the richness of a grilled cheese. For crunch, we've layered in some thinly sliced apple, pear, even the peppery green escarole.

Lighten it up
After some serious experiment, we've found the perfect way to skip the butter entirely: Toast the sandwiches until the bread is golden brown in a large skillet coated with cooking spray, then transfer to a baking sheet and pop in the oven to melt the cheese.

Serve it with a simple soup
There's not a grilled cheese in the universe that wouldn't benefit from a simple tomato soup served alongside! We like this version, which we developed to go right along grilled cheese because it has enough cream to add great texture, but enough sweetly acidic tomato flavor to complement the sandwich. Need more grilled cheese inspiration? Check out our Glorious Grilled Cheese board on Pinterest!

Comments (3)

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    On grilled cheese use mayonnaise on the outside of homemade bread instead of butter or oil, sprays. It is the perfect choice for grilling!

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    I like to make "Italian" grilled cheese:
    Use Italian sandwich bread, like Scali bread, something a little on the drier side
    Butter the outer side of the bread with Garlic butter (readily available at the grocery store, or make your own)
    Mozzarella or provolone cheese
    Marinara sauce for dipping

  • avatar Author Comment:

    Joanna, this sounds delicious! Marinara for dipping = genius.

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